Deadline: November 8, 2017
The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Next Generation Internship Programme for Self-Sponsored Internship. WACSI a regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations in West Africa toward greater sustainability and operational and development effectiveness.
In response to an identified need for structured practical capacity enhancement for young West Africans, WACSI introduced a Next Generation Internship Programme (NGIP) in January 2008 aimed at developing the next generation of African scholars and practitioners. The programme primarily targets young West Africans, either fresh graduates or early career professionals, seeking work experience in WACSI’s core areas of work. Interns are expected to commit to WACSI for six months during which time they will be fully involved in all WACSI activities and enhance their knowledge and capacities for leadership, knowledge and programme management, and critical development issues for West Africa, among other areas.
WACSI is therefore seeking interns interested in enhancing their civic consciousness and developing their professional capacity. They will be embedded in WACSI’s core areas of work i.e. Capacity Development, Policy Influencing and Advocacy and Knowledge Management.
Cost and Benefits
This is a predominantly self-funded internship. The institute will support interns with fully furnished accommodation and lunch during working days for the duration of the internship.
- Interested candidates will be required to cover their expenses. This will include, but not limited to, aspects related to (i) the cost of their travel to and from Ghana (where resident outside Ghana) (ii) daily subsistence in Ghana, and any other expenses related to the internship.
- WACSI will subsidise the cost by providing fully furnished accommodation and lunch during work periods for the duration of the internship.
- Minimum of a first degree in international affairs, political science, public policy, law, development studies or related fields.
- Interest in civil society and non-profit organization management.
- Commitment to WACSI’s vision and values and demonstrated interest in civil society.
- Strong research, writing and communication (verbal and written) skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and strong Internet research skills.
- Fully bilingual (French and English).
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Works well under pressure with minimal supervision and in a multi-cultural environment.
- Proactive, willing to learn and take initiative.
- Works well as part of a team.
Priority will be given to applicants with a high proficiency in English or French and a working knowledge of the other.
Interested applicants should send the following documents in English and French to: The Head of Administration at [email protected] by Wednesday 8 November 2017:
- Application letter.
- Comprehensive curriculum vitae
- Two references (one should be academic); and
- Letter of motivation expressing career goals and how the internship will contribute to achieving them.
- Applicants for the Knowledge Management internship must submit a writing sample (research paper, term paper, etc.) of no more than 3 pages
Please note: The successful intern will spend a substantial part of her/his internship working at the WACSI office in Accra, Ghana. The internship period is from January to July 2018.
Due to the volume of applications, ONLY successful applicants will be contacted for phone or Skype interview.
For more information, visit WACSI Next Generation Internship Programme.